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AuthorHeidenheimer, Arnold J. author
TitleAdenauer and the CDU [electronic resource] : The Rise of the Leader and the Integration of the Party / by Arnold J. Heidenheimer
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1960
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Descript 259 p. online resource


This is a study in the reestablishment of deยญ mocratic party politics in divided and occupied Germany after the downfall of the National Socialist tyranny. Its subject is the growth of the Christian Democratic Union and the rise to power of its leader, Konrad Adenauer. Closely associated with the success of the German Federal Republic in achieving prosperity, political and military power and the status of an ally of the Western powers, the CDU has yet been the subject of widely varying evaluations. Like the regime with which it is associated, it suffers from the fact that for many observers admiration for some German post-war achievements is mixed with residual distrust and skepticism. In addition, understanding of the CDU has been handicapped by confused images of the forces it represents, lack of knowledge about its internal organization, and the overwhelming position which its leader has achieved in recent years. To observers both in Germany and abroad the dominant Chancellor and party leader appears to overshadow both party and government with the result that the 1950'S, the vital period of German reconstruction, has already been labelled the Adenauer Decade


I. Introduction: Perspectives on Origins and Context -- A. German Political Systems and the Problem of Party Leadership -- B. The Growth of Christian Democratic Parties in Europe -- C. Prolegomena to the Study of Post-War German Parties -- Party Formation and Initial Organization 1945โ{128}{147}1946 -- II. The CDUโ{128}{153}s Emergence in Occupied Germany -- III. Competing Zonal Leaders and Organizations -- Policy Conflicts and Party Integration 1947 -- IV. Patriotic Priority: All-German Faith or West-German Fact? -- V. Economic Policy: Planned Economy or Free Market? -- VI. Coalition Policy, Federalism and the Basic Law -- VII. Adenauer as Chancellor and Party Leader 1950โ{128}{147}1959 -- VIII. Conclusion: Adenauersโ{128}{153}s Party Leadership and the Reconstruction of Germany

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